Polytechnic University

RDC’s Future:  Serving our Region as a Polytechnic University

Everything we do now, plus granting our own degrees.

Polytechnic Universities are comprehensive institutions offering professional, career-focused programs in the arts, social and related behavioral sciences, health & wellness, business, engineering, education and trades and technology.  

A Polytechnic University engages students in active, applied learning and research essential to the future of society, business and industry.

Why does Polytechnic University status make sense for RDC?

  • Community demand
  • Strong population growth in central Alberta
  • Ability to grant our own degrees
  • Improve local opportunities so students no longer need to leave our region to complete their post-secondary education
  • Allows us to maintain our current strength of offering a comprehensive mix of programs (including trades and technology)
  • Red Deer is the largest centre in Western Canada without a degree-granting institution* within a one hour commute
* Burman University, a faith-based degree-granting institution, is located in nearby Lacombe.

Benefits of a Polytechnic University

  • Growth in programming:  including our own degrees
  • Comprehensive programming:  certificates, diplomas, applied degrees, collaborative degrees, adult upgrading, trades, apprenticeship, continuing education
  • Applied research and learning connected to industry, business and society
  • Career and employment focus
  • Economic development
  • Increased post-secondary participation
  • Recognized as designation around the world
  • Reduced cost – living away from home to complete a degree costs a student or their family an extra $28,000 compared to a student living at home


Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact the Office of the President at 403.342.3259.